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For Visitors with Hearing Loss

The Museum offers a variety of programs with assistive listening devices and real-time captioning.


Assistive Listening Devices

assistive listening devices accessibility symbolGallery talks, lectures, and symposia with FM assistive listening devices are scheduled on a regular basis.

A limited number of FM assistive listening devices for other programs are available at the Audio Guide desk in the Great Hall. The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium and the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education are equipped with infrared sound enhancement systems (with headsets and neck loops). To obtain a headset or neck loop in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, please ask an usher. For headsets and neck loops for programs in the Uris Center for Education, speak to the instructor for the program you are attending. Headsets and neck loops are available free of charge with identification.

assistive listening devices accessibility symbolSelect information and admissions desks in the Great Hall and Diane W. Burke Hall in the Uris Center for Education are equipped with induction loops. Look for the blue signs indicating locations.

Audio Guide for Visitors with DisabilitiesHeadphones large print

Audio Guide players have headsets and volume control. A limited number of neck loops for hearing aids with T-switches are available. Transcripts in standard and large print are available for all Audio Guide programming. Audio Guide players are free to visitors who are hard of hearing, deaf, blind, or partially sighted.

Real-Time Captioningreal time captioning accessibility symbol

We can provide real-time captioning for lectures by request. Visitors can request this service up to three weeks before the date of the lecture; however, this accommodation is contingent upon the availability of captioners. To request real-time captioning, call 212-650-2010 or email

Contact Us

The Museum welcomes comments and suggestions about how we might continue to improve our programs for visitors with disabilities. Please call 212-650-2010, email us, or write to us at:

Access and Community Programs
Education Department
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028-0198